Who are the Half Century Trojans?

Half Century Trojans are a vibrant community that includes all USC alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree alumni) who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, Half Century Trojans are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and to strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni across generations.

The organization offers all senior USC alumni a variety of programs designed to stimulate university-related interest, participation and engagement. Annual signature events include Going Back to College Day in the winter and the Half Century Trojans Luncheon in the fall.

Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession

On May 10, 2019, the Half Century Trojans proudly marched in the academic procession for the University of Southern California’s 136th Commencement.

Check out our USCAA Flickr page to view photos from the ceremony.

Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day

On February 20, 2019, exemplary members of the Half Century Trojans were welcomed back to college by the USC Alumni Association. These alumni, who graduated 50 or more years ago, enjoyed a day on campus reconnecting with former classmates and experiencing the exciting USC of today. Attendees heard from transformative faculty and key administrators while reminiscing with old friends and upholding the university traditions and ideals that form the Trojan Family.

Check out our USCAA Flicker page for the event photo album.

 9:15 a.m. – Check-In / Breakfast | Town & Gown

Pick up your welcome packet and enjoy a continental breakfast.

9:50 a.m. – University Welcome | Town & Gown

Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08, associate senior vice president for alumni relations, welcomes the Half Century Trojans back to campus.




10:30 a.m. – Class 1 in Session | Ronald Tutor Campus Center
11:30 a.m. – Class 2 in Session | Ronald Tutor Campus Center

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Real Estate and the Aging Population

Featuring Caroline Cicero MSWMP ’95, PhD ’10, instructional associate professor of gerontology and director of the USC Age Friendly University Initiative, USC Davis School of Gerontology



Heroism in Hollywood: Resistance to Nazism, Fascism, and Anti-Semitism

Featuring Steve Ross, Myron and Marian Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life and professor of history, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


USC Then and Now: A Glimpse into History

Featuring Jerry Papazian ’77, past president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and former USC trustee



Is There a Ceiling on Life Expectancy?

Featuring Jennifer Ailshire, assistant professor of gerontology and sociology, USC Davis School of Gerontology



12:30 p.m. – Lunch | Ronald Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom

Featuring a special presentation by Jovan Vavic, head coach, USC Water Polo




2:00 p.m. – After-School Campus Walking Tours (optional, 50-60 minutes)

Take a tour of three campus highlights: Heritage Hall and the John McKay Center at USC, Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, or Dr. Arthur C. Bartner Pavilion in the USC Lyon Center.

Hall of Fame Luncheon 2019

On November 13, the USC Alumni Association is delighted to recognize five remarkable individuals, each of whom exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and who have had a significant impact on the fields of business, medicine, architecture and art, respectively. We will also present the Distinguished Service Award to a dedicated Half Century Trojans board member Jim Childs ’61.

2019 Hall of Fame Honorees

Byron “Red” Cavaney  ’64

Retired and Immediate Past Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

John House ’64, MD ’67

President of the House Research Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC


David C. Martin ’66

Design Principal of Los Angeles-based firm A.C. Martin Partners


Faith Zink Porter ’64, MA ’66

Member, USC School of Fine Arts Board of Councilors

2019 Distinguished Service Award


Jim Childs ’61

Past President, Half Century Trojans

Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors for their incredible support!

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The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

A merit-based scholarship, the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. Your gift will help ensure that a USC education remains within reach for the children and grandchildren of alumni who want to make USC a family tradition. Currently 20 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Contact the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement by calling (213) 740-4990 or visit dornsife.usc.edu/giving to make a donation.


The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.

To learn more about the application process, email tanyamor@usc.edu or hctrojans@usc.edu or call 213.740.2300 for more information.


The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.



Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106

If you have any questions regarding your contribution, please contact Kate Fergusson, associate director of engagement programs, at 213-740-2300 or hct@usc.edu


Executive Committee Officers
Robert A. Frinier ’63, MBA ’69, President
Janet Harris Tonkovich ’64, President-Elect
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Past-President
Patricia “Patti” Chan Poon ’65, Recording Secretary
Trish Foley Vick ’67, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee Chairs
Jay Vari Berger ’66, Ambassador Communication
Neil B. Martin ’64, Bylaws and Policy
Robert Padgett MD ’67, History Committee
Hugh Helm ’62, Scholarship Committee
Robert Brockmeier ’63, Signature Events
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65, Special Events Committee
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Nominations Committee
Trish Foley Vick ’67,  Awards Committee

Paul Alwine ’62
Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66
Dee Dee Moffat Freeman Brewer ’61
Karen Mazepink Davison ’68
Sharon Monahan DeBriere ’55
Candy Allen Duncan ’52
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65
Sue Masi Femino ’61
Miller Fong ’64
Donald K. Garner ’66
Karen Weston Hackett ’68
Tommy Kuenster ’57
Violet Albarian Lorenzen ’51
Jim Manos ’54
Mary Kotsikos Manos ’58
Katherine Mosley Moore ’55
Bob Padgett ’67
Wilma Pinder ’62
Derald Sidler ’67
Charla Tindall ’67
Marilyn McLarnan Thomas ’63
Joan Proulx Torribio ’64
Doug Yarrow ’68
Candy Yee ’68

Past Presidents
Daniel Cassidy ’59
Jim Childs ’61
Jim Maddux ’56
Abe Somer ’59, JD ’62

Presidents Emeriti
Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group for more than five years after their presidential tenure.
Dann V. Angeloff ’58
Jea Morf Baran ’48
Seymour Canter ’55
Edsel Curry ’48
Janet Ewart Eddy ’53
Jim Eddy ’52
Millie Carmen Farnsworth ’46
Terry Pearson ’53
Lorna Young Reed ’58
Albert D. Shonk ’54

University Advisor 
Tanya Moran
Associate Director, Generational Programs
USC Alumni Association

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.


Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.

 Email tanyamor@usc.edu or call (213) 740-2300 for more information.

Important Dates:

*Dates and events are subject to change

Reunion Weekend 2019
October 18-19, 2019
University Park Campus

Homecoming 2019
October 19, 2019
University Park Campus